Betting on Chinese Football
The Chinese Super League (CSL) has been the premier tournament in China since 2004, and the 16-team league features a number of teams whose names are becoming known internationally, mainly due to the arrival of a number of established foreign stars in the mould of Javier Mascherano, Marouane Fellaini, Mousa Dembélé and more. Although perhaps still somewhat of a 'retirement home' for international stars, the Chinese Super League is increasingly attracting players in the prime of their career, and with the money available in the game in China, and the subsequent increase in interest, this seems set to continue.
Another development is the increase in interest in betting on this league, plus on the AFC Champions League in which numerous Chinese teams compete. Now it is no surprise to see Chinese teams on accumulator coupons in particular.
Below the Chinese Super League is the China League One, which features a promotion / relegation system with its better-known superior. Additionally, there is a Chinese FA Cup and Super Cup. Women in China have their version of the premier competition: the Chinese Women's Super League. Both the men's and women's teams feature heavily in international competitions at all age groups too.
China Football Odds
The interest in betting on Chinese football has increased dramatically in recent years, and our Chinese football odds comparison tool covers all of the high-profile competitions in the country, as well as Chinese teams in continental competitions and of course the national teams.
The domestic season in China takes place from March to December, and with average attendances currently standing at over 27,000 (in 2019), it is clear to see that its popularity is established domestically as much as interest is growing internationally.
Looking back at the completed 2018 season, the CSL was characterised by goals – an average of 3.2 were scored per match over the entirety of that campaign.
Chinese Football History
Despite evidence to suggest that the game of football, or a variation of it, was first played back in ancient China, this vast country doesn't have a strong modern historical connection with the beautiful game. At least until recently.
Now, the Chinese Super League is one of the most talked about competitions on the planet, primarily because of its ability to attract some of the game's biggest stars with large swathes of money. As yet, those stars tend to move in the twilight of their careers, but the domestic league in China has certainly been put on the map.
A league has existed in the country since around 1980, although before that there were a number of regional tournaments. The Chinese Jia-A League went professional in 1994, and things really began to take off with the founding of the CSL in 2004.
Since then, players such as Oscar, Mousa Dembélé, Axel Witsel, Nicolas Anelka, Javier Mascherano and Hulk have all tried their hand in the up-and-coming 16-team competition.
Internationally, the men's national team have only featured at one FIFA World Cup Finals thus far (in 2002) and have yet to win the AFC Asian Cup. The women's team has been more successful, finishing as runners-up in the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, and winning the AFC Women's Asian Cup on no fewer than 8 occasions. With a history like that, it's no surprise to see the China Women's team feature heavily on betting coupons prior to the start of international tournaments.